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Seattle Art Museum

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Address: 1300 1st Avenue, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2902
Phone Number: 12066543100
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Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This post-modern structure houses an impressive and eclectic collection.
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Not your average Art Museum

Having been to art museums in many cities, we had unsure expectations going in. But we quickly came to like this one for its variety of exhibits and the freedom to take... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Having been to art museums in many cities, we had unsure expectations going in. But we quickly came to like this one for its variety of exhibits and the freedom to take photographs without being hassled (unlike so many other museums). Not super large, you can easily tour this in a couple of hours or less. Tip - if possible,... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

no words to describe the beauty of the paintings,canvases kept there. If you are artistic or if you are an art lover this is the place for you.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Being from Chicago and having the Art Institute and many other places to go to like that SAM had no comparison. There were 2 floors of absolute crap! Seriously contemporary art sucks and this proved my point. Disguise was an exhibit there and it was just a bunch of African art that just had no substance. Only 1 area caught... More 

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Beverly Hills, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Take a break from Starbucks and travel through history in the Seattle Art Museum. SAM is big enough to have a variety of exhibits and small enough so that you don't feel lost. Don't forget to stop in the gift shop for a nice memorable souvenir.

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We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to SAM. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. More 

Santa Barbara, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Being a well-travelled museum junkie, I passed up the SAM until I ran out of other things to do. Mistake! Spacious, well-curated, broad in scope, with a range from more than "modern" to European classic to Incan pottery, it would have been easy to spend a whole day here. As it was, we only got to see one floor. But... More 

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Key Largo, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

SAM a/k/a The Seattle Art Museum is situated directly across from the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. There is some great artwork in there, but the museum is much smaller than we expected.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I spent four hours at SAM and wished I had paced myself better as I could have spent more time in the native art collection. I enjoyed the wide variety and spent most time visiting the contemporary collections. The museum is much larger than I thought but on a manageable scale. If you have been to the Louvre, you know... More 

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Loved the glass exhibit - interesting contemporary pieces (including a urinal on one wall and a shovel and toilet seat on the other); very nice special exhibit of African art/disguises; small collection of other types of art (Impressionist, Renaissance, Mexican, Alaskan, Greek, etc.). I realize I'm quite spoiled by the Art Institute of Chicago nearby - but this is a... More 

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Burbank, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Has a little bit of different art for everyone. African Masks is on display right now and very interesting. Give yourself some time we were in there for 3 hours.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We stopped in on July 4th in the afternoon to check out the museum. It was a wonderfully diverse collection with a great mix of traditional and contemporary pieces. I particularly enjoyed the current exhibit "Disguise: Masks and Global African Art". The contemporary pieces by Jakob Dwight were a revelation to me. Highly recommend spending an hour or two at... More 

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Additional Information about Seattle Art Museum

Address: 1300 1st Avenue, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2902
Phone Number: 12066543100
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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